Flight Operations staff help ensure the smooth running of aircraft. They play a key role in the commercial side of the Aviation Sector and airlines will often work alongside recruitment agencies to find the right candidates for Operations jobs.
When recruiting Flight Operations staff, employers may decide to approach a specialist Aviation agency. Agencies that specialise in the Aviation / Aerospace sectors will be experienced at helping their clients hire Flight Operations Officers, Controllers and Coordinators. Recruitment agencies that operate in multiple industries may also fill Flight Operation jobs as part of a wider staffing service.
A Flight Operations department is concerned with the safety and efficiency of an airline's aircraft. Responsibilities for staff might include dealing with air traffic control issues, allocating crew members for flights and arranging aircraft maintenance. A Flight Operations Manager would be accountable for all tasks. Qualifications aren't necessarily required of job seekers, however a strong set of GCSEs and A-levels is looked upon favourably. Travel and Tourism qualifications will also make candidates more attractive to employers and recruiters. Salaries will usually start at around £17,000 per annum.
Passenger airlines are the largest employers of Flight Operations staff, with cargo firms also providing work. The majority of jobs are focussed around major airports and recruitment opportunities are found in places such as Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. Apprenticeship schemes are a popular way for candidates to enter the role, however vacancies are also frequently advertised online. Permanent, temporary and flexible positions are available.